Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to complete a reported £105 million move from Real Madrid to Italian champions Juventus.
Rumours of a potential deal for 33-year-old Ronaldo to end his stay in Madrid and move to Turin first surfaced last month, although there had been talk that the forward was unhappy in Spain and looking to move away for some time.
It is understood that Juventus president Andrea Agnelli met Ronaldo in Greece, where he is on holiday, to finalise the deal.
Real did have a release clause of euro1 billion for Ronaldo, but have indicated that they are prepared to waive it. Sky Sports News report that the deal is worth £105 million.
Ronaldo has been at Real for 9 seasons, having signed for them from Manchester United in a then world record £80 million deal. In that time, he was won 4 Champions League titles, two La Ligas and two Copa del Reys and become Los Blancos’ record goalscorer, netting 451 goals. He has also won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best footballer 5 times.
The deal is the biggest in Juventus’ history, eclipsing the £75.3 million they paid for Gonzalo Higuain.
A club statement released by Madrid said: “For Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of our great symbols.
“Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proved to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the brightest times in the history of our club and world football.
“Real Madrid will always be your home.”
Should this deal be completed, then it would seem to make it more likely that Real will bid to bring Neymar to the club from Paris St-Germain. This deal has been rumoured for some time, but Ronaldo’s exit will free up finances and Real’s president Florentino Perez will want to make a statement signing to make up for the departure of a club legend.